Posted by Heidi Schwartz
This week’s question comes from the Facilities Management Group on LinkedIn.
About 760 of the units I oversee were once centrally heated military quarters. At some point in their lifetime, the cabinet radiators were retrofitted with high capacity thermostatic radiator valves and actuators to give residents some control over individual heat.
My technicians spend a great deal of time manually releasing these valves, which then end up sticking in either the “closed” or “open” position. I suspect this is due to two things: the age of the valves themselves and the rust inhibitor we add to our heating systems.
Has anyone come across this, and if so, what was the corrective action to resolve the problem?
Killam Properties Inc.
Halifax, NS Canada
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